New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 12, 1993, New Braunfels, Texas
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Friday, February 12,1993 Serving Comal County/ Home of Trace Durham Vol. 141, No. 61 — Daily 50 cents, Sunday 75 cents
Wine & Cheese Social
The Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce held its Annual Wine & Chees Social honoring the New Braunfels Winter Visitors Thursday night at the Civic Center. Above left, some of New Braunfels winter residents go through the serving line. Above, Robert Owens and the rest of Oma and the Oompahs entertained the crowd while members of the Wurstfest Association and members of the Chamber visited with the visitors. At left, Leroy Boenig, Grosse Opa, and Bob Schima, owner of Henne Hardware, partake in some of the refreshments at the social. Photos by John Huseth
Smithson Valley sophomore collapses
By GARY P. CARROLL Herald-Zeltung
A Smithson Valley High School sophomore died Thursday of unknown causes, while attending school.
Adam Zolbey was airlifted by Baptist Airlift to Methodist Hospital Thursday morning after apparently suffering heart
At approximately 8:45, 15-year-old Adam Zolbey collapsed in the hallway of Smithson valley High School at which time School Nurse Sharon Wright responded by administering CPR unman EMS unit arrived.
Baptist Airlift responded at 9 a.m. and arrived at Methodist Hospital in San Antonio at 9:35 a.m. where Zolbey was
pronounced dead at 10:25 a.rn.
The exact cause of death is unknown, but a hospital official did say that Zolbey had a pre-existing medical condition and wore a pacemaker.
Sandy Jackson, public information officer for Comal Independent School District, said that sudents, teachers and school officials will be provided with counselling to help them deal with this tragedy.
"All of the school counselors are here working with the students today ” Jackson said. “We have a precise crisis management plan in our district to address situations like this.”
Assistant Principal Chad Hall was on the scene and said mat students and teachers are taking this incident very hard.
The kids in his class are with him all day and they’re taking it real hard,” Halland dies
said. ”1 watched him die — I’m not taking it well at all.”
School officials called the parents of the students in Zolbe/s class to inform them of what happened and let them know their children may be experiencing adverse reactions.
Funeral arangements for Zolbey are pending.
Insurance industry seeks rate increases
By ROSE MARIE EASH Herald-Zeltung
The insurance industry is asking for legalization of an increase of up to 14.6 percent in the automobile insurance rates in Texas, officials said.
Insurers must pay for unregulated costs associated with rn odic, ii care, repair services and legal expenses yet the price of insurance is strictly regulated,” said Jerry Johns, president of Southwestern Insurance Information Service.
The State Board of Insurance is considering increase recommendations for the benchmark rate for automobile insurance. Insurance companies can deviate from the benchmark rate upward or downward a set percentage. Currently that range is from 25 percent above the benchmark to 30 percent below.
Local automobile insurance agents say the increase is in inevitable.
The rising cost of new cars, the rising medical costs and much more litigation — all three tie in,” said Arlon Hermes, owner of Fer-guson-Hermes Insurance Agency. “A raise in automobile insurance is inevitable. It’s unfortunate — some people have to decide between groceries and insurance. I don’t see how it can be helped until the cost of these items are contained.”
Tim Brice, agent and owner of Farmers Insurance Group in New Braunfels agreed that costs have increased due to existing laws, hospital and doctors costs and litigation.
The way the laws are you still have a lot of uninsured drivers,” said Brice. "Until you have some kind of court reform, I think it will keep climbing. Uninsured drivers sue, and they sue for more — they’re illegally on the road
“A raise in automobile insurance is inevitable. It’s unfortunate — some people have to decide between groceries and insurance.”
and we still have to pay. You need to trim back hospital costs (and) doctor costs. I think they should go after lawyers — the way they advertise. So many reforms need to be made — they couldn’t increase rates enough to cover the costs.”
Brice said he did not think the rate increases would be allowed, however. He said insurance rate increases should be limited to one a year.
Betty Coker, owner of Coker Insurance, said the rate increase isn’t the way to go. She said there should be a crackdown on uninsured drivers and on nuisance lawsuits which drive the rates up for everyone.
Steve Tunnell, owner of Tun-nell Insurance Agency, says the government should stay out business and let the market determine what will happen.
"I don’t like to see government intervention,” Tunnell said. ”1 think the rates are fine. I hate to see them change the benchmark rate — there’s a deviation of up to 25 percent allowed now. I hate to see a further burden on the consumer.”
The State Board of Insurance began consideration of the increases on Wednesday and should continue through Saturday.
A ruling could come as early as next week according to Jim Davis, spokesman for the Department of Insurance.Board votes on girls in football today
The Associated Presa
AUSTIN — Forget the pompons and marching band stuff, girls will be on the high school football field with helmets and peds if the State Board of Education gives its final approval today.
The board was primed to adopt a rule change allowing girls to play high school football in Texas effective Aug. I.
A State Board of Education committee voted 3-1 to adopt the rule change Thursday, setting up today’s vote.
The measure is part of a package of amendments to University Interscholastic League rules.
*1 support this amendment because I think the girls have a right to play football if they want,” said committee member Mary Helen Berlanga of Corpus Christi, who has three daughters.
Ex-Perot adviser enters race for Senate as Democrat
The Associated Press
AUSTIN — The U.S. Senate special election field is growing more crowded.
Dallas financier Richard Fisher, who was an adviser to independent presidential candidate Ross Perot, Thursday became the latest candidate to enter the May I race.
Fisher, 43, blasted the influence of political action committees and said he would use his own money if necessary to help finance his campaign.
He said his candidacy would "make the insiders cringe, the political hacks shake their heads and the lobbyists and special interests scurry to raise millions of dollars to defeat me.”
Fisher was a foreign policy and economics adviser to Perot and helped research Perot’s book, "United We Stand.” But he said Thursday that he hasn’t been endorsed by Perot, isn’t seeking the billionaire’s bedung and will run as a Democrat *1 am not Ross Perot” he said. *1
stand on my own legs. Tm not his clone. I'm not his boy. Tm Richard Fisher. Don’t forget that”
Fisher becomes die latest candidate to enter the race for the seat vacated by U.S. Treasury Secretary Lloyd Bentsen.
About a dozen people have announced their intention to challenge interim Sen. Bob Krueger, a Democrat appointed to the seat by Gov. Ann Richards.
The election will be an open one, without party primaries. If no candidate receives a majority,
the top two finishers advance to a runoff.
Krueger has received the endorsement of the State Democratic Executive Committee and most other party leaders. However, other Democrats are entering the fray.
Dallas lawyer Jose Angel Gutierrez, a founder of La Raze Unida Party in the 1970s, is run-ning as a Democrat Former attorney general Jim Mattox, who lost the 1990 gubernatorial nomination to Richards.Index Stammtisch
WATER WATCH ...
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung sends Birthday wishes to Merle Sarvey, Shirley Heiligmann, Trace Durham, Maria Gomez, Lupe Carrasco, Johnny Garcia, Andrea L. Gomez, Jesenia Castilleja. Saturday birthday wishes go to Julian L. Gomez Jr., Stanley Humble and Rose GOP. Belated birthday wishes go to Evelyn Kaderli.
Anniversary wishes to Rosalyn and Joe Lisk and* Victor and Rosie Rodriguez.Ssctlon Eight
The Section Eight Certificate and Voucher Programs
are no longer accepting housing applications for rental assistance until further notice, effective March IO.Watson Lane closing
Comal County Road Department will be reconstructing two drainage structures along Watson Lane East. This project is scheduled to be completed by March 8. During the construction of these drainage structures Watson Lane will be intermittently closed. Traffic will be detoured to Kolenburg Lane and York Creek Road. For more information call 625-5719.Library
The Dittlinger Memorial Library will be closed Fib. 15-20 for "Project Barcode.” Staff members and volunteers will be barooding 50,000 books plus cassettes, records and videos. The bookdrop will be available for use during this time.Canned food drive
Commercial Credit’s New Braunfels office is sponsoring a canned food drive through Feb. 20. The "Neighbor to Neighbor” effort will benefit the Community Service
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